“We are at the beginning of the learning curve”

On 20 February the Polish parliament passed the long-awaited act on renewable energy sources. To the surprise of many, the act includes fixed feed-in tariffs for installations below 10 kilowatts (kW) despite opposition on this point from the ruling party Civic Platform (PO). Grzegorz Wiśniewski, chairman of the Renewable Energy Institute (IEO) in Warsaw and one of the initiators of the amendment, explains the impact of the so-called “prosumer amendment” on the Polish power sector and the future of renewables in Poland.

12 Mar 15, Interviewed by Andrzej Ancygier 1
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Foto: Jacobs University/Werner Konowalczyk

“Completely new dynamics”

Energy researcher Karen Smith Stegen predicts that the triumph of renewables will reshape international politics to the detriment of producing countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, while greater interconnectedness could result in a more peaceful coexistence.
2 Mar 15, Interviewed by Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 1
photo: Silke Reents

“We offer a view into the entire energy market”

…says Benjamin Low, director of the energy and wind sections of Hannover Messe. In light of this integrated approach, Low does not regard Hamburg or other wind fairs as competitors to Hannover.
20 Mar 15, Interviewed by Tim Altegör 0
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Battery research

New storage joint venture: it’s a Sony… kind of

Japanese technology conglomerate Sony Corporation and Canada’s largest electricity producer Hydro-Québec are joining forces to set up a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Both firms believe that demand for large-scale energy storage systems will increase in the future, driven by high demand for electric power during peak times, the need to stabilise fluctuations in electricity generated from renewables, and the goal of securing a stable power supply in case of outages or disasters.
2 Sep 14, Isaac Bah 1

Price slump in carbon credits for climate protection

Sales of 300 million carbon allowances to fund European climate-protection projects have ended. With roughly EUR 2 billion generated by the sales, the amount raised under the NER300 funding scheme was far lower than the issuing European Investment Bank had anticipated.
5 May 14, Jürgen Heup 0
2020 Transport Aims
European Parliament’s Environment Committee wants to reduce the originally intended quota for first generation biofuels from ten to six percent. Several Agricultural Organisations demand eight percent. Experts expect an agreement in May at the earliest.
Transmission networks
Germany and Norway signed an agreement for Nordlink. Meanwhile an electrical interconnection between France and Spain could be inaugurated.
Climate Change
Keeping global warming below the 2 degree level means limiting cumulative carbon emissions to 1,100 gigatonnes till 2050. But a new study says. that might prove illusory as the emissions contained in present day estimates of global fossil fuel reserves are around three times higher than this.
Scientifically speaking
Following the German government’s heroic decision to phase out all of the country’s nuclear power plants in the next ten years and to undertake a massive expansion of renewable energies, there was a surge of optimism among all those keen on pressing ahead with the switch to renewables. But now reality has brought everyone down to earth with a bump.

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